How Do I Know If My Periods Are Too Heavy?

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How Do I Know If My Periods Are Too Heavy?

If you are suffering from heavy periods, in Bloomington, IL, you know how inconvenient it can be. Heavy periods are not normal. Dr. Dele Ogunleye, Dr. Lisa Emm, and Dr. Angela Baja of Advanced Women's Healthcare will help you determine the cause of your heavy periods and recommend treatment.

What is a heavy period?

Many women are confused when it comes to heavy periods. What exactly is too heavy when it comes to menstrual bleeding? When your life is being disrupted by heavy periods, then it is too heavy. If you are afraid to go anywhere when you have your period for fear you will embarrass yourself, your period is too heavy. When you have to use a tampon and a pad at the same time, your period is too heavy. If you bleed through your pads regularly, your period is too heavy. If you bleed for longer than a week, you need help.

Other reasons why you can consider your period too heavy are the fact that you have large clots regularly, you need to get up and change your pad or tampon during the night, and your sleep gets disrupted. You may also find that you have developed anemia from the amount of blood you are losing every month. If these things happen to you, you need to take action.

Treating heavy periods in Bloomington, IL

You don't have to live with heavy periods, they are not something you have to learn to work around. Your gynecologist has many treatments they can use to help control the problem. The first thing they will do is to determine why you are having heavy periods. Some things that cause heavy periods are hormonal changes due to menopause, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis.

Treatments include using NSAIDS, oral birth control, tranexamic acid and if these treatments don't work, a D&C may be suggested. If uterine fibroids are the issue, the fibroids may be surgically removed and if you are no longer anticipating pregnancy, endometrial ablation may be the answer you have been waiting for. If your periods are heavy and you are tired of having your days and nights disrupted, it's time to see an OB/GYN. 

If you think you are suffering from heavy periods in Bloomington, IL, make an appointment today with Dr. Ogunleye, Dr. Emm, and Dr. Baja of Advanced Women's Healthcare. Give our office a call at (309) 808-3068.